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Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

White House, State Department At Odds Over Putin's Interview Proposal

White House, State Department At Odds Over Putin's Interview Proposal

"So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes".

But Trump made some adjustments to the written statement, adding that the meddlers "could be other people also".

Trump was asked at the end of a Cabinet meeting if Russian Federation was still targeting the US and answered "no" without elaborating. "It is why I believe we are at a critical point", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Friday during an event at the Hudson Institute in Washington.

When asked if Russian investigators would be assisted by the United States in their efforts to interview McFaul and others, Nauert said she couldn't speak to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' earlier comments on the matter.

"The president is wrong", Sen. "Of course, let's see how events will develop further", Putin said in remarks to Russian diplomats from around the world, without disclosing the nature of the agreements to which he referred. He slammed Trump in every way but that one, accusing him of weakness and lame and contradictory walk backs.

The president went on to disregard criticisms that he sided with Russia over the US intelligence community concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and he slammed opponents for wanting to "go to war" rather than see Trump and Putin come to an agreement.

"My people came to me ... they said they think it's Russia" that interfered, Trump said. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments. But video clearly showed him answering the reporter.

Donald Trump has not hesitated to call Democrats and the press the "enemy of the American people", but apparently he draws the line at Russian Federation. He cited US sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the USA, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

The legal definition of treason is providing "aid and comfort" to enemies of the USA, a high crime. He has "full faith" in United States intelligence agencies, he went on to say, and that he accepted their findings that Russian Federation had meddled in the elections.

Browder retained a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, to litigate the incident, but the attorney was thrown in prison, beaten and later died after being refused medical care.

"They truly have taken advantage of the US, but not for long!" he said.

During the summit in Helsinki earlier this week, Putin said his government would cooperate with the 2016 election-meddling investigation, but in exchange, Russian Federation would get to interrogate former USA ambassador Michael McFaul, Magnitsky Act champion Bill Browder, and other officials. Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal.

Mr Schumer said: "We will work to protect our security". Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who heads up the GOP's campaign arm. He also attacked his Democratic opponents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and said he held both countries accountable for their state of relations.

Sanders called the legislation a "hypothetical" and declined to say whether the president would back it.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he can "guarantee" that the Russians will interfere with the next US election. But even that largely symbolic measure was blocked party-line by Republicans.

Coats said the intelligence community continues to see efforts by Russian actors to manipulate U.S. public opinion, including through the use of fake social media accounts. Not all. And I have to say this, some of the most honourable people I know, some great people, are reporters, journalists.

Mr Trump, by contrast, has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting both from Democratic opponents and senior Republicans. "In fact, they never stopped". The question was, according to CNN, "Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the U.S.?"

The success of the apparent dress rehearsal does not bode well for the upcoming election cycles in 2018 and 2020, as intelligence leaders have noted the ongoing and increasing threat by Russian nation state hackers.

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